Orange Weather Alert and Road Closures

Road 722, Northwest Iceland, now closed, also flooded in April.

Road 722, Northwest Iceland, now closed, also flooded in April. mbl.is/Höskuldur B Erlingsson

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The Icelandic Met Office has issued an orange weather alert for the western part of Iceland, in the Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður bay areas, including the southern part of the West Fjords, through 6 pm. A yellow weather alert has been issued for the northern part of the West Fjords, also in effect until 6 pm.

In all these areas, moderate or heavy rain is expected. Rivers and creeks are expected to swell, runoff will increase, and there is a risk of flash floods and landslides. People are advised to clear drains to reduce the risk of flooding.

The affected areas.

The affected areas. The Icelandic Met Office

The Icelandic Road Administration advises travelers to drive carefully, since roads may be flooded or damaged due to heavy rain in recent days.

Road service on highland routes is no longer provided, now that summer is over, and most park rangers have left their posts. Therefore, the Road Administration doesn’t have reliable information regarding the condition of F-roads. Please note that off-road driving is illegal at all times, the Road Administration warns.

This morning, the Road Administration announced that due to swelling rivers, Road 722 (Vatnsdalsvegur), Northwest Iceland, is closed by the farm Hjallaland.

You can follow announcements from the Road Administration on road.is or on #icelandroads on Twitter

From Langavatnsdalur, yesterday.

From Langavatnsdalur, yesterday. Photo/ICE-SAR

Rain in recent days has caused drains to clog, resulting in the flooding of basements and garages, Morgunblaðið reports. Three travelers in Langavatnsdalur valley, West Iceland, had to be picked up by the Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter yesterday afternoon, because the road they were driving along flooded, making it impassable.

UPDATE: 

According to mbl.is, Road 722 has been reopened.

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